Named “Artist To Watch 2011” by Beatportal, Deathface (AKA Johnny Love and vocalist Effy) comes at you hard with a sound inspired by Midwest hardcore of the 90’s, Magic the Gathering, woodland bonfire parties, white trash drug debauchery, Atari Teenage Riot, and Aleister Crowley. It’s the soundtrack to The Omen’s Damien Thorn and The Exorcist’s Regan MacNeil dropping 2C-B at Anton LaVey’s first rave.

Scary, right? Now for some history…

Johnny Love is one of the most provocative figures in dance music. A native of Southside Chicago, Johnny rose to infamy in his hometown in the early 2000’s via a series of events he threw at The Jerkstore which shunned predictable-dance-rock for eclectic and loose cuts from minimal techno and French touch house. The parties got so wild that Love was imprisoned by the Chicago police on more than one occasion and was constantly featured in both local and national magazines like Timeout Chicago, URB, and XLR8R.

With things too hot in Chicago, Johnny moved to Los Angeles and formed Guns N’ Bombs. The hard-hitting electro-house duo were quickly offered a contract by Kitsuné founder Gildas Loaec in 2006, making Love the first American to be recognized by the French Electro elite. He soon became a seminal player in the formation of the current American EDM scene, remixing acts like Chromeo, The KLaxons, The Gossip, Junior Senior, The Cult, The Teenagers, and Ghostface Killa.

After a vast amount of critical acclaim and the making of many friends, enemies and frenemies, Guns N’ Bombs disbanded in 2009 and Johnny decamped to a hideaway in Brooklyn to craft Deathface’s swift and deadly takeover.

Recent collaborations include an amazing t-shirt through Mishka (designed by Seattle’s death-rock-obsessed streetwear giants Actual Pain), three releases on taste making label Trouble & Bass, remixes for Marilyn Manson, Creep, Buraka Som Sistema, Huoratron, Blessure Grave, Drop the Lime, Mexican Institute of Sound, autoKratz, Kid606, and tracks featured on the new Max Payne 3 game.


“Put this kid on before The Prodigy and they’ll find any excuse not to go on…Deathface transports hardcore rave into the next decade. Adrenaline driven….and trust me when I say this , it’s not some paid-for opinion which is included in some marketing budget. Awesome & dangerous.”


Keep an eye out and ear open for this dude! He’s making some of the hardest stuff we’ve heard out of the stateside scene and plenty of people are taking notice…” – MAD DECENT

“Gift Of Fury” is a hymn for a choir that prays (or maybe preys) at the altar of Anton LaVey after slamdancing their fists into haloed faces the night before, all iron lungs led by vocalist Adri Law.” – RCRD LBL

Gift of Fury is my shit!” – Diplo

Sure as shit, its DOPE, it will def get in there.” – Bassnectar

Go Johnny Go!!!!….full support from south america. death to false metal!” – MIXHELL aka Igor Cavalera of Sepultura

“‘Sick of it’ remind me my old punk rock time(yes I did haha)…love this one!” – Mikix The Cat

I feel like someone just ripped my face off and threw it in a blender with a microphone up to it and i had headphones on that were connected to the mic. it was very enjoyable. this pretty nostalgic via Atari Teenage Riot days.” – AC Slater

Bloodrave is retarded sick. Higher States of consciousness meets dubcore assault! All these other ones are awesome too. love the deathstep. will rep.” – Reid Speed

This record has potential to start a fucking riot, deathface really has created his own subgenre!” – Flinch

Hard shit. Bloodrave is def my fav!” – DZ



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